Alex Smith deserved to be proud of his accomplishments in 2011. In the epic Divisional Playoff win over the Saints, he led the team to two touchdowns in the final five minutes for the victory.
Smith's career stats are not eye-popping. In seven seasons he has 68 career touchdown passes. In the past two years, Drew Brees has 79 touchdown passes. Smith is not a star, and on last year's 49er team that won with defense and the run game, Alex didn't have to make a ton of plays by himself.
Alex Smith went off on Cam Newton in an interview this May, saying in essence that stats don't mean anything if the team isn't winning. That's a true statement. Smith wasn't saying that he's a better QB than Cam Newton because his team went 13-3 and Cam's team went 6-10, but that was the implication.
The 49ers brought in Josh Johnson this year and drafted Colin Kaepernick last year to challenge Smith. He's started 16 games only twice in his career, so Smith better ride that defense, run game and special teams to wins or else he might be on the bench.
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